Thursday, March 04, 2010

The Country Music Hall OF Fame AND Museum Presents Sunday In The Country




Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban Among the Artists Featured in New CD Collection Benefiting Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Nashville, TN – Themes of family and faith run deep in country music, as evidenced by the explosion of inspiring hits topping the mainstream radio and sales charts.

New Haven Records in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will release the CD Sunday in the Country: 12 Inspiring Hits From Today’s Top Country Artists this month. The project is set for a March launch at Christian retail through Provident-Integrity Distribution, and will be released to mainstream outlets through SONY Distribution.

The landmark new release includes a virtual “Who’s Who” of Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award-winning artists. Artists featured include Trace Adkins, Alabama, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Tracy Lawrence, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner and Lee Ann Womack.

Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records, comments, “For more than 20 years, our company has focused on the uniquely American genres of country, southern gospel, and black gospel music. Sunday in the Country, the third project in our outstanding partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, has the potential to be our most successful release in the series.”

“Inspirational songs have always had an important place in the country music canon,” adds Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young. “The songs that comprise Sunday in the Country uphold this rich tradition, offering hope, fellowship, solace and gratitude. New Haven Records has been releasing meaningful country and gospel recordings for two decades, and we’re pleased to be partners with them on this project.”

Joining successful collections such as Three Wooden Crosses, Amazing Grace, Country’s Salute to Gospel and Songs for Worship—Country, this newest, unparalleled compilation of today’s favorite inspirational country songs represents the top-voted selections in a survey sent to hundreds of country radio programmers. The list was then reviewed by historians at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum who developed the final artist/track selection for the project in association with New Haven Records President, Ken Harding.

The twelve tracks presented in Sunday in the Country are songs that have individually sold millions of units—they are songs that have become modern country-gospel classics and touched the lives of countless listeners with the message of faith.

Executive producers for the album are Ken Harding, LeAnn Bennett and the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The package includes photos and extensive liner notes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Sunday in the Country will be the subject of a major media/promotional campaign in both the mainstream and Christian retail markets.

Track listing:

Long Black Train
Josh Turner

I Believe
Diamond Rio

But for the Grace of God
Keith Urban

Martina McBride

Drugs or Jesus
Tim McGraw

Muddy Water
Trace Adkins

Go Rest High on That Mountain
Vince Gill

Holes in the Floor of Heaven
Steve Wariner

Up to Him
Tracy Lawrence

Angels Among Us

Get Up in Jesus’ Name
Lee Ann Womack

I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor
George Strait

About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at or by calling (615) 416-2001.

About New Haven Records
Founded in 1990 by veteran label executive Ken Harding, New Haven Records is an independently owned Nashville-based music corporation that includes label, publishing, and film companies focusing on the uniquely American genres of Country, Gospel, and Black Gospel. Today, over twenty years later, New Haven continues to produce and promote life transforming music and artistry with integrity and excellence. Resource online:

Media Contacts:

For New Haven Records:
Jackie Monaghan
Morningstar PR
(615) 646-5990—Direct

For country media/radio opportunities:
Kirt Webster
Webster PR
(615) 777-6995

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